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News to Know: Search for Joplin bank robber continues, and Missouri passes a $48 billion state budget

JOPLIN, Mo. – Authorities are searching for a man who robbed Joplin bank. Authorities say they responded to a call of a robbery shortly after 10:00 am on Monday at the Great Southern Bank on South Rangeline. They say the robber threatened the teller by saying he had a weapon. He left with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was hurt. JPD released this image of the bank robber from surveillance video. If you have any information about the robbery you are asked to contact police.  Follow the latest on the robbery here.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Friends and family are mourning the loss of a Joplin businessman and philanthropist, Harry Cornell Junior. Cornell passed away peacefully in his sleep Sunday night. He graduated from Carthage High School and attended school at the University of Missouri. Cornell joined Joplin-based Leggett and Platt as a travelling salesman and worked his way up to become President and CEO of the company in 1960. He was awarded the Joplin citizen of the year award in 2022. Harry Cornell Junior was 93. Read Cornell’s obituary here.

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. – A semi roll-over forced a traffic detour in Carl Junction Monday morning. It happened on Joplin Street at the intersection with Gum Road. Authorities say the driver suffered only minor injuries. The semi was hauling rolled aluminum. See more images from this rollover here.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers pass a roughly $48-billion dollar state budget bolstered by Federal aid. The spending plan includes enough money to fully pay for the state’s share of public K-12 busing costs, as well as a program to increase teacher pay to at least $38-thousand dollars a year. Local districts would need to kick in 30 percent of the needed funding for teacher raises. The budget also pays for expanded access to the Medicaid Health Care program and a 5.5% funding increase for four-year colleges.

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